Bosch and BASF Digital Farming have signed a joint venture agreement to globally market and sell smart farming solutions from a single source in the future. The first two products to be launched will be a version of the Intelligent Planting Solution (IPS) system, and Smart Spraying, which shows up to 70% herbicide volumes reduction in experimental stage.
The joint venture will be followed by the founding of a new company based in Cologne, which will be established in the first quarter of 2021.
Bosch brings to the joint venture its capability in hardware and software, as well as digital services for planning and decision making in field crops. BASF Digital Farming with its xarvio Digital Farming Solutions provides an automated, real-time, field specific agronomic decision-making engine for weed management that is powered by the digital xarvio platform for crop optimisation. It provides farmers with field zone specific advice on how to produce crops in the most sustainable way.
Combining the expertise of both companies, with state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions, will make it easier and more convenient for farmers to benefit from digital solutions, say Bosch and BASF.
The first two products to be launched will be a version of the Intelligent Planting Solution (IPS) system, with enhanced digital intelligence for seeding and fertilizer prescriptions, and Smart Spraying. The Smart Spraying solution combines Bosch’s camera sensor technology and software with xarvio’ s crop optimisation platform.
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According to the companies, both products have been tested extensively in real growing conditions. Depending on the local conditions the Smart Spraying Solution may lead to a reduced need for crop protection products in specific applications. Bosch and BASF claim that Smart Spraying shows up to 70 % herbicide volumes reduction in experimental stage. The solution is expected to be launched with a limited number of machines in 2021.